Truman scholarships recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or other arenas of public service. The award provides financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other scholars who are committed to making a difference through public service. Commitment to work in public service following graduate school is required.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation honors the 33rd President of the United States. President Truman advocated for the promotion of young leaders and was himself dedicated to education and public service. He had envisioned a program that would encourage education and political responsibility in students, a program which created in dedication by President Truman's friends and family following his death in 1972.

Who should apply

College juniors with exceptional leadership potential are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be committed to careers in government, nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service.